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PDS Announces New Head of the Upper School: Trixie Sabundayo

Head of School Paul Stellato announced the appointment of Trixie Sabundayo as Princeton Day School's next Head of the Upper School, effective July 1, 2018.

In her 13th year at Marin Academy - a 9-12, coeducational day school of 410 students in San Rafeal, California - Ms. Sabundayo serves as Chair of the English Department, where she has distinguished herself as a teacher, advisor, mentor, and coach. In her several leadership roles, she has shepherded and participated in critical, school-wide conversations on curriculum development and assessment, faculty evaluation and professional growth, faculty recruitment and retention, and long-range, strategic planning. An accomplished classroom teacher, Ms. Sabundayo has designed and implemented a host of interdisciplinary course initiatives in English and history, all of which have reshaped offerings and requirements in those departments. Demonstrating their regard of their colleague, the faculty of Marin Academy bestowed upon her the highest honor for one of its members: election as their representative to the Marin Academy Board of Trustees.

Committed to the enhancement of student experience beyond the classroom, Ms. Sabundayo was appointed by her Head of School to be Diversity Council Chair, Interim Dean of Equity and Inclusion, and Dean of the Sophomore class, responsibilities through which she has encouraged her school's exploration of the benefits and opportunities within a diverse community. These efforts have strengthened her school and have been recognized by the National Association of Independent Schools, through its School Leadership Institute and People of Color Conference; and the Edward E. Ford Foundation, from which she received a leadership grant for travel and study in South Africa.

A Baltimore native, Ms. Sabundayo attended Bryn Mawr School and, eager to nourish her love of science and prepare herself for a career in medicine, matriculated at Johns Hopkins University. Along the way, a world of literature and history blossomed before her, and she graduated with degrees in English and Women's Studies. While at Johns Hopkins, she played varsity field hockey and captained the team in her junior year. During her four years as a member of the varsity lacrosse team, she was chosen captain, elected a member of the All-Centennial Conference First Team, and named a First Team All-American by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association. In 2002, Ms. Sabundayo was awarded a master's degree in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. Prior to her long, successful tenure at Marin Academy, Trixie taught at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, and Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles. She and her husband, Josh Frechette, are the proud parents of six-year-old Teaghan and 18-month-old Quinlyn.

In his announcements, Mr. Stellato also reflected on the tenure of Jason Robinson, Assistant Head of School for Academic Life and Upper School Head, who will leave Princeton Day School in June to begin his tenure as Head of School at St. Alban's School in Washington. "I recall well meeting Jason for the first time, in October, 2013; and I remember fondly extending our school's offer to him in the Behr House living room that December. How quickly the years have gone, and how much he has made of them. There is no area of life in the Upper School that has not been enhanced and strengthened through his vision and vigor; nor is there a student or faculty member who has not benefitted from his wisdom and counsel. Jason Robinson inherited an Upper School that stood among the finest of its kind. He leaves it better than he found it. It is not surprising, then, that hundreds of independent boarding and day school leaders sought to succeed him."



PRINCETON, Dec. 6, 2017 – Princeton Montessori School announced that Eric Swartzentruber has joined the school’s leadership team as Director of Enrollment. A native of Princeton, N.J., Swartzentruber recently moved back to the area after nine years in New England, where he served as Director of Admissions at an independent boarding school for girls. At Princeton Montessori he will direct enrollment and admissions operations and act as liaison with the greater Princeton community.

“We are pleased to welcome Eric to our administrative team,” said Michelle Morrison, Head of School. “For fifty years, Princeton Montessori School has offered an exceptional Montessori education. With the addition of our pending International Baccalaureate authorization at the middle school level, our school is positioned to ensure students are prepared for the demands of a 21st century world. Eric's experience with both of these outstanding philosophical frameworks to education ensures the Princeton area will come to know and understand the unique value of our progressive model of education.”

“My daughters attended a Montessori School and I have always admired the Montessori philosophy,” said Swartzentruber. “I helped bring the International Baccalaureate to my last school, where both of my daughters greatly benefitted from the program. The notion of having Montessori and IB working together in one school was perfect for me. Then, I met the extraordinary school community and I knew I had made the right choice.”

Prior to his time in New England, Swartzentruber directed admissions and development offices at other independent schools in Princeton. He and his wife Johanna are proud parents of two grown children.

Princeton Montessori School, founded in 1968, is an independent, coeducational day school dedicated to the highest quality education of children, from infancy through middle school, according to the values and principles of the Montessori philosophy. The school is accredited at the highest level by the American Montessori Society (AMS) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

New MHS Freshman Science Course Coming for 2018

Following the presentation of a petition signed by over 300 residents protesting the Physics First program for MHS freshman that, "creates an undue amount of stress, negativity and decreased confidence for our children," a remedy is now in play for next year's freshmen class.

On November 7 at the board work session, Superintendent of Schools Nancy Gartenberg explained the recommendation now from MHS Principal Paul Popadiuk to offer an alternative science course for freshman starting in September of 2018.

"Students in ninth grade will still have an opportunity to take Physics. They will also have another option. The feedback that we have gotten from students proved some urgency for us to take a look at it, and to offer them another option. We have engaged a research firm to study Physics in general and we will look at the research over the course of the current school year," Gartenberg said at the November 7 work session.

Board member Amy Miller said the school board's Assessment, Curriculum and Instruction (ACI) Committee recently discussed the Physics survey of freshman students fall in 2017 with Principal Popadiuk leading the initiative. "The goal was to get feedback on how their program was going so far. We will also continue with focus groups for students to give us feedback and from MHS supervisors and administration. We also plan another survey for later this school year to get another touch point on how ninth grade students are doing in Physics," Miller said.

"What is germane to this conversation is that the new junior assessment in New Jersey that will be given in science. We need to satisfy standards in the state and that will dictate contents of the course." Gartenberg explained.

In her routine update to the Board, Wynn spoke about changes in Physics First this fall with an introductory period to familiarize the freshmen students. However she stated that in an online survey this fall, more than two-thirds of MHS students said they spend less than 50% of their time studying Physics.
"More than half of them said that our Physics program caused half or more of their stress for school. They also do not feel there is enough practice given out or review. I also looked at what the greatest weaknesses were for MHS Physics First and whether there's any strengths. Weaknesses were the organization of information, presentation of course information and the clarity of that information. The strength was that Physics students felt they had an been given opportunity to not only learn for themselves but think for themselves about real world situations. While students are appreciating that I think too much of it can lead to the lack of clarity. We need to look at exactly how our classes are being taught and what information is given out to students versus what information is expected to be derived," Wynn said on November 7.

Princeton Academy Student Utilizes The Power Of 3d Printing To Provide Prosthetic Limbs To Those In Need

Princeton Academy eighth grader and Boy Scout troop 43 Chase Quijano has been hard at work harnessing the power of 3D printing to help others. Quijano has organized a student-led project in partnership with the e-NABLE community, an amazing group of individuals from all over the world who are using their 3D printers to create free 3D printed hands and arms for those in need of an upper limb assistive device. Recently, Quijano visited Rutgers' Makerspace where parts for the hands that will be constructed at a Build-a-Thon event held at Princeton Academy on Sunday, December 3 at 12:00 p.m. are being printed. While at Rutgers, Quijano also met with Sean Langston Jr. from AntiMatters, the company donating the filament to Rutgers for this e-NABLE hand project.

The Build-a-Thon will be a community event where families, sports teams, scouts, schools, clubs come together to assemble 3D printed prosthetic hands. The plan is to build 100 hands for e-NABLE. To date, 40 hands have been printed or promised and more are needed. Quijano is appealing to anyone with access to a 3D printer to print several hand kits so that there will be plenty to assemble on Sunday, December 3. Contributors include: The University of South Carolina, Rutgers Makerspace, Rutgers 4-H and AntiMatter Filament. The hands will be given to e-NABLE to donate to children and adults around the world.

The Build-a-Thon was inspired by e-NABLE, a global volunteer organization of people who 3D print and donate prosthetic hands. The e-NABLE community has developed a collection of different 3D-printable assistive devices that are free for download and fabrication. Quijano learned of e-NABLE after completing his own 3D printed hand with muscle controlled servo motors for a summer 4-H county fair project. For some families, purchasing prosthetic hands for their growing child is a huge financial burden. 3D printing is helping to ease this financial burden.

Please visit princetonacademy.org/events/enable-build-a-thon to register and learn more about Quijano's e-NABLE project and building event on December 3 at Princeton Academy.

PDS Chess Team Makes Strong Showing at NJ Chess Championship

Princeton Day School chess teacher Bonnie Waitzkin reported that at the New Jersey Chess Championship on Sunday November 19 at Brookdale College in Lincroft, Eric Wu '24 won all five games to win the sixth grade championship title for the fourth year in a row. In the fourth grade competition, Rowan Field won four out of five games for the second place trophy, and fifth grader Adrien Cristian won four games for fourth place.

The PDS second grade team of Anya Jha, Elias Nicozisis, Elijah Morris, Gio Juarez, Mihir Karande and William Broeker won first place school team, and the first grade team of Aditya Pillai, Akshay Pillai, Sloane Schwendinger and Isabel Takeuchi took home second place. Kindergartener Jamie Wu took home the 7th place trophy.

Also competing were eighth graders Dodge Martinson and Kai Shah, seventh grader Arjun Kumar and third grader Harkiran Sandhu.

Ms. Waitzkin noted, "As more and more New Jersey schools invest in chess programs to challenge their students, PDS has more competition at state and national events. This year our players once again demonstrated that the early introduction of chess in the curriculum allows many talented students to excel in this intellectual sport."

PDS Thanksgiving Basket Drive A Success

More than 100 baskets donated to local organizations

The Princeton Day School community participated in the annual school-wide Thanksgiving Basket Drive this week to help make this holiday special for all families in Mercer County. The goal of the drive was to create complete Thanksgiving baskets with food for the Thanksgiving meal and the rest of the week.

The Lower School was able to create 59 baskets of food, which they donated to Homefront (https://www.homefrontnj.org/). The Middle and Upper Schools worked together to create 53 complete baskets, which they donated to the Family Guidance Center in Trenton (www.fgccorp.org).

Hallie Hoffman '18, one of the Upper School Service Learning Committee representatives, reported that many student volunteers spent four hours assembling the baskets. She noted, "Each box contained mashed potatoes, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, pasta, canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, pumpkin/yams, baking mixes, soup, rice, beans, canned fruit, peanut butter and jelly, pudding, cereal/snacks, tomato sauce, gravy, and a $15 turkey gift card. These completed boxes, along with lots of additional food and some handmade cards from the Middle Schoolers, have been donated to the Family Guidance Center will go directly to families in need." 


Local Screening: There will be a free public screening of The Mask You Live In on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. in the McPherson Athletic and Convocation Center (MACC) located on the campus of Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart. Reserve your seat by visiting princetonacademy.org/themaskyoulivein. After the screening, there will be a community/panel discussion led by Headmaster Rik Dugan of Princeton Academy.

Media Coverage: The media is invited to attend the screening and cover the post-screening panel discussion. If you would like to attend, please contact Joanna Dugan at (609) 921-6499, ext. 401.

Princeton, NJ (November 21, 2017) - Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is proud to host a free public screening and discussion of the documentary The Mask You Live In on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. in the McPherson Athletic and Convocation Center (MACC). Princeton Academy's vision to lead a national reinvention of boys' education for a new generation of enlightened men is at the heart of this event and our brave discussion about masculinity and raising sons. Please reserve your seat by clicking here.

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America's narrow definition of masculinity. Written, produced and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2015.

The documentary presents the personal narratives of young boys and men and features experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media, further exploring how gender stereotypes are interconnected with race, class and circumstance. The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

"Just as our culture has harmed women and girls, so too are we harming our boys, which has led to a 'boy crisis' in America," said Newsom. "Our intention is that this film sparks a national conversation around masculinity and helps our boys overcome limiting stereotypes, encouraging them to stay true to themselves."

Newsom's first film Miss Representation premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and exposed the ways in which mainstream media contributes to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. In response to overwhelming public demand for ongoing education and social action in support of the film's message, Newsom founded the organization that has become The Representation Project a few months later.

About The Representation Project: Using film as a catalyst for cultural transformation, The Representation Project inspires individuals and communities to challenge and overcome limiting stereotypes so that everyone, regardless of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation or circumstance can fulfill their human potential. To learn more about The Representation Project's movement visit www.therepresentationproject.org.

About Princeton Academy: Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is an independent school for boys in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Our mission is to develop young men with active and creative minds, a sense of understanding and compassion for others, and the courage to act on their beliefs. We educate the whole boy in mind, body and spirit. A rigorous, inquiry-based, hands-on academic program joins unparalleled character development and a wide variety of arts, athletics and co-curriculars to provide an ideal learning environment for boys. To learn more about how we bring out the best in boys, please visit www.princetonacademy.org. 

PDS Baseball Stand-Out Signs with Xavier University

Princeton – Princeton Day School is pleased to announce that senior Luke Franzoni, from Robbinsville, NJ, has signed a Letter of Intent to play Division I Baseball for Xavier University beginning in the fall of 2018.

Coached by Brian Dudeck at PDS, Luke Franzoni is a 4-year varsity player and starting shortstop. He was selected as All State Prep B as well as All-Non CVC Area Team by the Trentonian last year. A strong all-around athlete, he has also played basketball and soccer for Princeton Day School.


PDS Announces New Varsity Boys Basketball Coach: KERRY FODERINGHAM

Princeton – Princeton Day School Director of Athletics Tim Williams announced that Kerry Foderingham will serve as the Varsity Boys Basketball Coach for the 2017-18 season.

A 2008 graduate of Kean University, Coach Foderingham is currently a Health and Physical Education teacher at Franklin High School. He was most recently an assistant men’s basketball coach at The College of New Jersey and prior to that coached at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Foderingham also has high school experience coaching at both Franklin High School and at his alma mater, Somerville High School.

Coach Foderingham will assume the head coach role at PDS for the Varsity team who won 18 games in each of the last two seasons and won the NJISAA Prep B State Championship in 2016.


Scientists Are Sprou ting At Princeton Montessori School

Princeton Montessori School is excited to welcome the ScienceSeeds program to the school's assortment of after-school clubs. Founded in 2008, ScienceSeeds is a science enrichment program that seeks to engage children and their parents in discovering the mysteries of the world around us. True to the Montessori way of learning, ScienceSeeds believes in hands-on projects and encourages trial and error.

"We are thrilled to offer ScienceSeeds as one of the school's many after-school enrichment activities," said Michelle Morrison, Head of School at Princeton Montessori. "Like us, ScienceSeeds ensures children ask the questions and find the answers, develop persistence, and take intellectual risks. It's a wonderful program that builds upon our school's core curriculum and values."

One of the program's main goals is to help kids understand how science is related to everything around them. ScienceSeeds encourages students to make their own projects and to embrace failure and mistakes as learning experiences.

"We want to get the children interested in science, more with an understanding of how things work rather than through formulas and traditional teaching methods," said Michal Melamede, founder of ScienceSeeds. "We encourage hands-on exploration through homemade projects and toys, tied to things kids experience in their everyday lives. We are a true makerspace for science education."

For the younger children, projects are often a blend of science and art. They recently learned about chromatography by studying how colors bleed through leaf-shaped filter paper, and then discussed why leaves change color in the Fall. Another group studied potential and kinetic energy by launching catapults, made of rubber bands and marshmallows, at various targets. Meanwhile, the older children are building conductivity boards to understand the concept of electricity and to test how conductive different objects are.

The ScienceSeeds program is offered year-round to Princeton Montessori School students in grades K-5.
Princeton Montessori School, founded in 1968, is an independent, coeducational day school dedicated to the highest quality education of children, from infancy through middle school, according to the values and principles of the Montessori philosophy. The school is accredited at the highest level by the American Montessori Society (AMS) and is a member of the national Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).


PDS Announces the Da Vinci Program in The Middle School

This year, Princeton Day School launched an innovative new program in the Middle School: The Da Vinci Program. With the implementation of the new academic schedule this year at Princeton Day School, there was an opportunity to devote a block of time to a course of study where Middle School students could pursue a non-traditional class of their choosing, such as robotics, sustainability, coding, and service learning to stimulate their curiosity.

When announcing the new program, Head of Middle School Renee Price explained, "The Da Vinci program aims to engage students as the captains of their own learning. Each student takes courses that they choose in which they take risks, explore individual passions, develop new interests, and use multiple disciplines to solve problems and create original solutions."

Middle School Humanities teacher Cindy Peifer took on the newly created role of Da Vinci Program Coordinator, and began building the Da Vinci course options this fall by first surveying the faculty and then the students. Ms. Peifer emphasized how engaged the students have been in the entire process, even creating their own classes in some cases.

From the great range of original possibilities she received, she narrowed the offerings down to 15 Da Vinci courses for the first session, which is currently taking place in the Middle School and will end on November 7.

Among the current Da Vinci offerings is the Instant Challenge with science teacher Alli Treese, where students have the opportunity to solve one or sometimes two problems within the course of the class. This can range from building a car out of simple materials and make it move along a ramp without touching it, to participating in an "egg drop" experiment, ensuring the egg doesn't break when dropped from the upper balcony. Similar to the challenges encountered in Destination Imagination, this course has been a big hit with the students.

Math teacher Brian Laskowski has run a popular Da Vinci course on Lego Robotics. On a recent day, the students were studying a lego processor that was programmed to solve a Rubik's cube. Mr. Laskowski will most likely lead a Vex IQ course in the next session, a further iteration of robotics and processing that ties into the new STEAM curriculum launched in the Upper School at Princeton Day School this year. Another big hit with students has been a course on Model Car Building, led by science teacher Jack Madani.
Some other Da Vinci courses in this first session include creating 3D printing projects with Humanities teacher Tara Quigley and Technology Coordinator Jamie Atkeson; taking part in a Mock Trial team with Librarian Sheila Goeke; "Choose Your Own" art projects with art teacher Karen Stolper; learning American Sign Language with Humanities teacher Amy Beckford; Making Art Out of Nature with science teacher Corey Dempsey; and yoga with reading and writing specialist Kimberly Ballinger, to name just a few.

On a recent tour through the Middle School during the Da Vinci block, it was evident that the students have thoroughly enjoyed this new addition to the schedule. The quiet concentration and smiles were abundant.

As Ms. Peifer shared the experiences of this first session of Da Vinci, she noted, "The best surprises have come from the kids thinking up these great ideas, and the faculty making these courses come to life."

Princeton Day School Presents KATIE ORLINSKY “A Quiet Defiance: The Women’s War in Mali”

On view from November 20 through December 14, 2017

Princeton—The Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School is proud to present the photographs of Katie Orlinsky in an exhibition titled “A Quiet Defiance: The Women’s War in Mali,” on view from November 20 through December 14, 2017. There will be an artist’s reception on Thursday, November 28 from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Katie Orlinsky is a photographer and cinematographer based in New York City, and has spent more than a decade as a photojournalist covering news and feature stories around the world for major publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, and National Geographic. Ms. Orlinsky has received photographic awards from organizations including the Art Director’s Club, PDN30, Visa Pour L’image, Pictures of the Year International, and she was recently honored with the 2016 Paris Match Female Photojournalist of the Year Award. She has also received artist grants from the Magnum Foundation, Getty Images, the Howard Buffet Foundation, and the Pulitzer Center.

This exhibition, “A Quiet Defiance: The Women’s War in Mali,” focuses on photographs she took while in Mali in 2013. A grant from the International Reporting Project allowed her to travel throughout northern Mali for a month and speak to women about their


experiences of Islamic rule. In a recent article in the New York Times about these photographs, Orlinsky noted that she had “always been interested in Mali’s vibrant culture and wanted to understand how women were affected by the new laws.” She also noted in the article, “The Jihadists inflicted so much on the women in the north of the country…. It made just living almost illegal for women.”
“A Quiet Defiance: The Women’s War in Mali” featuring the photography of Katie Orlinsky is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, when the school is in session and by appointment on weekends. For more information about the Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery, please call Jody Erdman, Art Gallery Director, at 609.924.6700 x 1772 or visit www.pds.org.